Spring should be filled with brunch, sunshine and a dash of Rosé (Frosé on those extra warm days).
Aussies are embracing the pink wine with full force with leading wine retailers seeing a 38.5% increase of Rosé sales in the last 12 months.
“Australians are drinking more Rosé because our lifestyle and climate are so well suited towards it. Rosé is a simple style of wine that pairs well with a range of food, and it’s also great to enjoy on its own,” said Christine Ricketts, Cellar Director at Cellarmasters. “When it comes to buying the perfect bottle of Rosé, there isn’t simply one type of rosé, with a range of different styles to choose between. But by paying more attention to what the wine label reads, you can find the right Rosé for your palate,” Christine said.
So when you’re purchasing the perfect drink for your springtime picnic or scanning the menu at your Sunday afternoon drinks, keep these 5 tips in mind:
1. Look for the region
The region matters greatly when it comes to wine, and the trend towards complexity and elegance in cooler climate wines can also be seen in Rosé. If you like the fruit-intense, mouth-filling style, a Barossa or McLaren Vale Rosé should be your go-to, however if you are after a more savoury and complex style of wine, a rosé from a cool climate region like Adelaide Hills is your best bet.
2. Try these international rosé's
The best Rosé is considered to come from France and Spain, with the two countries producing the greatest volumes. New Zealand Rosé is also gaining popularity in Australia, and these delicious drops are often made with Pinot Noir grapes in a delicate, super crisp style.
3. Look at the grape variety
In Australia, the majority of Rosé wines are made with red wine grapes, and the most common varieties include Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro, Merlot, Sangiovese and Pinot Noir. The tricky part of Rosé is the winemaking is more of a factor in style rather than the grape variety itself. However, there are some things you can assume – for instance, Grenache grapes make fruit-forward Rosés, Pinot Noir Rosés tend to be beautifully crisp and elegant while when it comes to Shiraz, Mataro and Sangiovese, you need to know more about the region and winemaking to know the style.
4. Remember - Colour doesn't matter!
Most of us would think we prefer a pale coloured Rosé due to its crispness…but think again! The colour of a Rosé wine is not an indication of its sweetness levels – some of the driest Rosés can be hot pink in colour! There are usually 10 to 16 different shades of Rosé which include different and delicious shade names including grapefruit, tart cherry, raspberry, wild strawberry, tomato, and berry jam. If you’re after a dry Rosé keep your eye out for ones made up of Grenache, Sangiovese or Syrah grapes. If you’re after something a little sweeter go for a White Zinfandel or White Merlot Grape.
5. Check out the vintage
Despite the high acid in Rosé, it is not a wine made for cellaring, so look for what vintage the wine is. Vintage refers to the year the grapes used for the wine were harvested, and the rule for Rosé wine is the fresher the wine the better, so opt for the latest vintage possible, preferably a 2017 or 2018. Dry Rosé wines in the Provencal style in particular should be drunk as young as possible! However, some oak-aged Rosé have better aging potential.